West Africa's media seem to have dropped Ebola as a major topic, which I take as a good sign. In any outbreak, when no more cases are turning up, you go to phase 2—articles about what people are doing about the disease. When that's done, phase 3 is back to football (soccer, of course) and local politics.
CONAKRY-While the sale and consumption of bushmeat is banned by the government because of the disease Ebola fever raging in Guinea, some markets high suburb of Conakry continue to market the meat, found africaguinee.com site.
This is the case in market Yimbaya Tannery located in Matoto. According to the observation made by our reporter in these places, dried monkey meat are spread piles on tables by groups of women vendors. With the arrival of these customers stockers in the fly, launch prices ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 Guinean francs, depending on quantity.
Interviewee, a sales woman was angry, and just simply said she ''talked a lot so she has nothing to say.''
Another sitting right next to the first, with a silent cemetery did not bother to post comments. The customer who came to buy, nor did not want to lend our questions.
Asked about the real consequences of being in contact with bushmeat especially monkeys or consumption, the director of prevention at the Ministry of Health is perplexed. He explains that "Theoretically monkey meat, there is the risk of having Ebola." But listening to scientists,''meat dried monkeys arriving in Conakry because fresh meat is rare, it is said that the sun we have here, it kills the virus. The action of the fire kills the virus, said it is very fragile. It can not even withstand the ambient temperature," says Dr. Sackoba Keita.
According to Dr. Keita, most meats come from monkeys Fouta because this is the area where there are more monkeys, he said,'' in the forest there are more out there'' monkey.
The director of prevention at the Ministry of Health is then that the bushmeat poses more risk of contamination to the population, it is the bat. Because, he says,''the only reservoir, that is to say an animal that harbors the virus itself and it does not have the disease and do not make you sick animal is the bald mouse that consumes the forest that we believe to be the basis''.
To believe Dr. Sackoba, there have been scientific studies and all the investigations that have been made have not pinpointed the consumption of monkey meat.
''At the moment we are not focused on the meat, because most cases people have contracted the disease from man to man. We must solve the problem there to stop,'' he says.
With the difficulties of changing consumer habits of bats, he said that the Ministry of Health has planned and equipment on diets. "Now in areas where people eat a lot of bats, we want to encourage the breeding of other animals like chicken and so on," said our informant.Well, all things considered, I'd rather take my chances with H5N1 than with Ebola.